|Today’s Scripture: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27|
|When I think about our Reformers Unanimous program, it gives me so much joy. To see each one of those people finding peace for the very first time is an incredible experience, and I am so proud of each one of them for choosing to revoke the world and seek the Lord’s help. The world has had them trapped for so long that it is a struggle for them to finally break the chains that have held them captive.
I am usually not much of one for statistics, but it is a wake up call to see the amount of people who lose their lives chasing the world’s peace. Every year there are 2.5 million alcohol related deaths worldwide-something they do not include in the commercials filled with smiling people holding beer around a campfire. According to the Washington Post, about 100 Americans die each day from drug overdose-a statistic a drug dealer would never share with a buyer. Even TIME states: “suicide risks are higher in wealthier neighborhoods, a morbid demonstration of the folly of trying to ‘keep up with the Joneses’.” That statement would be helpful to hear before maxing out a new credit card.
How do people get to this place in their lives? It is all through the words of the world. Having a bad day? Here, have some alcohol or drugs-you won’t remember any of your worries. Do you feel unimportant? Climb the corporate ladder. There’s nothing like money to comfort you when you are struggling and alone. Are you unhappy with your marriage? Just get someone new and exciting. Don’t bother to think about the impact on your spouse and kids. Do what makes you happy.
What the world has to offer will tear you in so many different directions that you won’t even know which way is up anymore and will end in you being burdened by sin’s unbearable weight. Turning to the Lord will result in a peace that you cannot find anywhere on this earth. Friend, this world can only hurt you. All it takes is a look at some statistics to know that everything the church said about the world is true.
When life hurts, it can be very tempting to try a little alcohol so that you can forget your pain, to get a fresh start through a divorce, or to change your life pursuit from serving God to searching for prosperity. The world’s offers are nothing more than a facade. In the end, they will leave you more scarred than anything you have endured this far. Only God can take the shattered pieces of your life and turn them into peace. Do what will make you truly happy. Turn to Jesus.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder